I am a full member of Writers Victoria and enjoy their professional development courses. I have reviewed, researched and created study guides of work by other creative artists (see select publications below).
Produced, directed, wrote and narrated Mercury Stole My Fire(2005, 12 mins 12 secs), a short award-winning autobiographical doco. See more at the page here.
Co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced The Rhythm and the Line (16mins) with Ruth Williams in 1999. Among other screenings, it was selected for the St Kilda Short Film Festival (May 2000) and Melbourne Fringe Short Film Festival (October 1999). The cinematographer was Janis Lesinskis.
As a participant in a Train the Trainer: Digital Story-Telling course conducted at ACMI, I created Poppy a short (3mins) autobiographical film.
Creative non-fiction play Servant of the Revolution premiered in Melbourne (2009), was performed in Central Victoria by Red Room Theatre (2016), was presented as a rehearsed play reading the Historical Materialism Sydney conference (2017) and has been translated into German (2017).
In 2001, I completed an Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting at RMIT — two-year full-time industry-guided diploma covered all aspects of a screenwriter’s craft and business — gaining high distinctions in Script Analysis, Writing for Visual and Sound Narrative, Screenwriting Industry Integration Processes and all three levels of Script Editing. I gained distinctions in Documentary Film Screenwriting (lecturer, Dennis K Smith) and Film and Genre Analysis (lecturer, Paul Harris).
In 1999, I was awarded a Film Victoria documentary mentorship with Lawrence Johnston to write a still-to-be-produced documentary script ‘Sexy, Proud and Dead’. A DVD teaser/pitch of 4 mins has been created for this biographical documentary on disability activist Katie Ball.
Select publications: poems, prose, study guides, reviews and journalistic creative work
Cole C and Nelson A (2011) What kind of a community is a literary community? Paper presented at the Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia symposium, University of Sydney, 13–14 January.
NelsonA (1996) ‘A day in the life’ (review) Arena 25: 53–4.
Nelson A (1993) ‘Ourstory: A simple guide to the presentation of history’ in K Wilson (ed.) A Sense of Place: Shaping Oral Histories, Mount Alexander Diggings Development Association, Chewton: 1–28. (Chapter in book output of a creative radio-journalism youth-skilling Landcare and Environment Action Program of the Department of Business and Employment Victoria and Holmsgren TAFE.)
Nelson A (1992) ‘Making revolution’ (poem) Arena 98: 55.